Ellen Mahoney- Director

Ellen Mahoney infuses passion, creativity, energy and fun into everything she does.  Drawing on her extensive clinical background in health care, she brings a compassionate and genuine approach to everything she does.  Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Ellen is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in leadership and training from Royal Roads University.   She is a past president of the Victoria chapter.  For nearly two decades, she has shared her expertise as the Volunteer Client Services Coordinator by visiting newly diagnosed clients and their families in the South Island at the most difficult period of their journey, providing compassion, support and understanding.  During the monthly support group meetings, she leads discussions and invites presenters with a focus on “Living with ALS”.  Committed to creating awareness of ALS and fundraising, Ellen is a past chairperson of the Annual Flower Day held in June and a supporter of the annual Walk to End ALS.  She is a member of both the Federation Client Services Committee and the Provincial Patient Services Committee.  She speaks locally and nationally about living with ALS with health care professionals, ALS groups and community groups.  In 2009, Ellen was presented with the Roy Slater Volunteer Award, and in 2010, she received the Myra Rosenfeld Volunteer Award in recognition of her volunteer contribution to the ALS community of Canada.  In 2012, Ellen received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and received the Governor General’s Caring Community Award.  ALS Canada presented Ellen the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 30-plus years of volunteer service dedicated to ALS, and ALS BC awarded Ellen an Honourary Membership.   Currently Ellen is a nurse educator in the Nursing Program (BSN) in Victoria.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Glenn, for over 40 years.